By David Stillman
My good friend, guitarist extraordinaire Fran Banish, is playing the House of Blues in West Hollywood this coming Wednesday, December 19th. You are hereby encouraged to come join the evening’s festivities.
One of LA’s premier guitarists, Chicago-born Banish was playing guitar at six, gigging by 14, and sitting in among Chi-Town’s blues legends at 17. After graduating from Northwestern with a degree in guitar performance—and top honors in solo classical competition—he relocated to Los Angeles, fronting a variety of bands, and he has been touring and recording internationally ever since.
In the mid-90s Banish teamed up with Duncan Sheik, playing lead guitar and co-writing several songs for Sheik’s eponymous 1996 debut for Atlantic Records, an album which subsequently went Gold. He’s done stage and session work with Keb’ Mo’, Travis Tritt, Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers, Dan Lavery of Tonic and The Fray, Janiva Magness, The Williams Brothers, Berry Oakley Jr., Chris Stills (son of Stephen of CSN&Y), Kofi Baker (son of Cream’s Ginger Baker), and Cathy Richardson, among many others. He’s also an in-demand guitar coach with clients that include Bob Dylan (and Jakob Dylan and family), Puddle Of Mudd, Brian Bell of Weezer, and celebs like Christian Bale, Ethan Hawke, Will Ferrell, and Josh Charles.
A true utility player, Banish revels in myriad genres. A formidable pop-rock songwriter, he also slings some of the most authentic blues work in town—Los Angeles Magazine once dubbed him “the best young blues player in LA.”
Banish’s most recent release is the blues EP From Chicago to LA, which features a host of great Chicago and LA players. He is currently finishing a full-length album of original material, from which Wednesday’s gig will feature a number of songs.
The House of Blues
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Foundation Room (3rd Floor)